Top officials are urging Minnesotans who are behind on rent, mortgage or utility payments to apply for the state’s Housing Assistance Program. It’s a last-minute appeal before any unused money — 30 million dollars as of November 30th — goes back into the state’s general coffers Monday at midnight.   Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan says:

“There is no shame in asking for help. You can go to 211UnitedWay.org or you can call 2-1-1 from your phone to get connected to people who can help you out.”

Governor Tim Walz says the importance of stable housing has never been clearer than during the pandemic.   Walz says he’ll ask the legislature for significant additional resources for housing and homelessness during the upcoming special session in mid-December.